The Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Metropo-litan Archbishop of Accra, has decried the practice where some families borrow huge money from banks to organise funerals.
“Today, some families borrow as much as GH¢90,000 for funerals. The minimum amount that poor families borrow is GH¢30,000. This is outrageous”, he emphasised.
Preaching the sermon at the newly elevated St John the Baptist Parish at Odorkor-Tipper in Accra, on Independence Day, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle said such a huge amount could be used to establish a hospital fund to cater for sick people.
“We are spending too much on the dead. We should take care of the living and not the dead”, he advised.
The visibly worried Archbishop told the congregation that some families even spent money on invitation cards for the one-week celebration of their dead relatives.
He said many families incurred huge debts after funerals, and the children were left to roam the streets, instead of being in school.
“We should do like the Muslims do”, he suggested.
Touching on the forthcoming general election, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle urged the electorate to vote for honest and dedicated leaders who would serve the interest of the nation.
“We should all exercise our voting right. We should think about the election and decide on a good leader for the country,” he stated.
The Metropolitan Archbishop advised the political parties to tolerate each other and avoid insults which could lead to violence and disturb the peace of the country.
The president of the Parish Pastoral Council, Mr. Joseph Arthur called for unity and love among the members of the parish to enhance its growth.
By Augustine Cobba-Biney